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Bob Venables

Bob Venables - International pastiche illustrator. UK

Bob Venables is the go-to illustrator for any project that requires illustrations executed in a classic style. Matisse, Hogarth, Wyeth, Rackham, Lowbrow… whatever look you’re after, Bob will deliver. He’s a pastiche illustrator par excellence.
Bob has worked on many high profile advertising campaigns, including the Profit Hunter ads for Artemis, which have run for over a decade. His versatility, eye for detail, and ability to evoke the past while conveying contemporary themes to contemporary audiences are what keep clients coming back again and again. Originally from Birmingham, Bob worked in London and established himself on the advertising scene before moving to the Isle of Wight, where life is a little more relaxed. He studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins gaining a BA, and did archaeological illustration for a year before becoming a freelancer.

Approach

Bob works in a whole range of media, depending on what’s required by the commission. On the traditional side he uses oil, acrylic, alkyd, watercolour, and pen and ink, but he’s also happy working digitally on his Wacom Cintiq.

Styles

Primarily a pastiche illustrator, Bob is adept at recreating just about any look – from 1930s propaganda-style posters to old maps, and from neoclassical still lifes to jolly 19th century book illustrations.

Client list

Bob works for a range of top-flight clients including Guinness, British Airways, Artemis Asset Management, the BBC, Adidas, Sony, Heinz, Tesco, Waitrose, John Smiths, FIFA, VW, BMW and the Folio Society.
Nature artemis eurpean
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London map illustration
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Holding flag poles
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People Magazine cover art
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People rowing in a boat
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Ski rider graphic design
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Decorative Lemon Tea Cup
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Animal Pug dog couple
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Historic HMS Hood's Bell
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Island life poster art
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Luth player illustration
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Serbia princess
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Decorative Orange fruit
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Animal Owl painting
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Animal Pig portrait
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Infographic Vitruvian Man
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Line art of Animal Cow
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Shoe banner illustration
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Horse riding retro art
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Quill line illustration
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Victorian oil painting
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Nude woman pastiche art
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Animal Lobster painting
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Galleon Ship Painting
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Ancient Egyptian art
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Geronimo Historic
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Eagle hatching egg
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Retro Elephant hunters
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Portrait of Santa Claus
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white witch illustration
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Lady Bow Warrior portrait
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Please find attached two runway invites featuring Bob's lovely illustration. It was a pleasure working with you! Keep in touch!
Igor Guinau - Creative Manager, Tommy Hilfiger
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